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Françoise Ravel as Roquinet
art_type: watercolor on blotting paper
description: Baltimore artist Alfred Jacob Miller is known primarily for his paintings of the American West, but his interests extended beyond this subject. A prolific sketcher, he filled many journals with drawings and captions from the time he was studying in Paris and Rome (1833) until the 1870's. The interests of Miller are clearly reflected in these sketches: the theater (a large portion being quick figure drawings of the Ravel Pantomime Troupe), studies of works by the Old Masters, literary illustrations, childhood memories, Baltimore scenery, and witty scenes of characters. Depicted here is one of the original members of the Ravel PantomimeTroupe, a french family that toured America in the middle of the 19th century. The french pantomimes performed in multiple theatres in Baltimore. The shows included tight-rope dancing, ballet, and balancing acts in addition to the pantomime. The plots were so complex they were compared to those of the Italian Opera. As someone who frequented the shows, Miller has provided a view that is almost otherwise unrecorded.
artist: Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874)
museum: Walters Museum
title: Françoise Ravel as Roquinet
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PS3_37.2453.7_Fnt_DD_KI13.jpg
date: 1855-1859
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/4346
George Washington
art_type: watercolor on ivory
description: After Washington's death in 1799 miniatures of him were very popular among Americans who kept them as a sign of respect, patriotism and mourning well into the 19th century.
artist: American
museum: Walters Museum
title: George Washington
from_api: Walters Museum
source: Walters Museum
image_url: http://static.thewalters.org/images/PS3_38.609_Opn_DD_T13.jpg
date: 19th century
external_url: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/37449

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